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Wrong police agency dispatched to Hillview break-in

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HILLVIEW, Ky. (WDRB) -- A smoke shop was broken into early Thursday morning. The owner says he arrived 10 minutes before police and Bullitt County officials admit the wrong police agency was dispatched to the scene.

Surveillance video from Discount Smokes shows a man throwing a cinder block through the business's front door.

“Security company called me at 3:10 this morning,” said owner Mike Kimzey.

When Kimzey's security company notified him of the break-in, he drove straight to the store. While he expected police to already be there he says they didn't show up for another 10 minutes.

“I called again myself again and they said oh no we've got people on the way. I was like okay,” Kimzey said.

The smoke shop is located in the city of Hillview, but instead of local police responding, Bullitt County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched.  Deputy Director of Bullitt County EMA, Marke Richardson said that should not have happened.

“The Hillview Police Department should have been the responding unit to the scene,” Richardson said. “I hate to say it, but sometimes it falls through the crack.”

Despite there being a system in place, Richardson said it always needs fine tuning. He said Hillview and other cities in the county need to get with dispatch and tell them what streets they cover and whether or not they only cover portions of a street.

“The cities annex property and it's unbeknownst to the county at times where we don't get that information,” Richardson said.

Kimzey said the suspect spent five minutes in his store and stole $1,500 worth of cigarettes and caused close to $500 in damage.

“And even the Hillview officers that came, when they got here they were upset because they knew had they been called first, they might have caught this guy and he wouldn't do this again to another business owner,” Kimzey said.

As for the suspect in this case if you recognize him you're asked to call the Hillview Police Department.

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